Parish Newsletter July 27 2014


Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

A reading from the first book of the Kings.
You have asked for a discerning judgement for yourself.
The Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream and said, “Ask what I should give you.” Solomon replied, “Lord, my God, you have made me your servant king to succeed David, my father. But I am a very young man, unskilled
in leadership. Your servant finds himself in the midst of this people of yours that you have chosen, a people so vast that it cannot be counted or reckoned. Give your servant a heart to understand how to discern between good and evil, for who could govern this people of yours that is so great?” It pleased the Lord that Solomon should have asked for this.
“Since you have asked for this”, the Lord said, “and not asked for a long life for yourself, or riches, or the lives of your enemies, but have asked for a discerning judgement for yourself, here and now I do what you ask. I give you a heart wise and shrewd as none before you has had and none will have after you”
This is the word of the Lord.

[Response]: Lord, how I love your law!
My part, I have resolved, O Lord,
is to obey your word.
The law from your mouth means more to me
than silver and gold.
Let your love be ready to console me
by your promise to your servant.
Let your love come to me and I shall live
for your law is my delight.
That is why I love your commands
more than finest gold.
That is why I rule my life by your precepts:
I hate false ways.
Your will is wonderful indeed;
therefore I obey it.
The unfolding of your word gives light
and teaches the simple.

A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Romans.
God intended us to become true images of his Son.
We know that by turning everything to their good God cooperates with all
those who love him, with all those that he has called according to his
purpose. They are the ones he chose specially long ago and intended to
become true images of his Son, so that his Son might be the eldest of many
brothers. He called those he intended for this; those he called he justified, and with those he justified he shared his glory.
This is the word of the Lord.

Alleluia, alleluia! I call you friends, says the Lord, because I have
made known to you everything I have learnt from my Father.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew.
He sells everything he owns and buys the field
The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish. When it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore. Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away.
This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
“Have you understood all these things?” Jesus asked.
“Yes,” they replied.
He said to them, “Therefore every teacher of the law who has become a disciple in the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.
This is the Gospel of the Lord.

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Hatton’s Alley, Blackpool.
Tel: 021 4501022

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1 Kilmorna Heights, Ballyvolane.
Tel: 021 4909912

Parish Mobile: 086 8527997
July 27 2014

Celebrant’s Introduction:
We present our needs before the
Lord who grants the wishes of those
who petition him in humility.
1. We pray for the Church that it
may bring out from the
storeroom treasures old and new
for the people of God and lead
them to the kingdom.
Lord, hear us………
2. We pray for ourselves; that we
may use wisely the blessings we
have been given and that
together as a parish community
we may work to build the
Lord, hear us………
3. We pray for vocations; that those
whom the Lord calls to build up
the kingdom may respond
Lord, hear us………
4. We pray for those who are sick;
that they may be comforted in
their illness and restored to the
fullness of health.
Lord, hear us………
5. We pray for those who have
died; may they be justified and
share in the glory of the
kingdom of heaven.
Lord, hear us………
Heavenly Father, the
request of Solomon pleased you
and you did what he asked. Look
kindly on our petitions and grant
us what we need today. We make
these prayers in the name of Jesus,
your Son, our Lord. Amen.

Rota for Ministers of the Word & Eucharist
Ministers of the Word Ministers of the Eucharist
If you are unable to attend your allotted ministry
please contact another minister to cover for you.

26th July
Con Delea
Breda St Leger
Mary Field
Bobby Field
Peggy Manning

27th July
Shirley Whelehan
Eileen Cotter
Maureen Lehane
P Harrington
Michael O’Sullivan
Lena O’Brien

2nd August
Bobby Field
Joan Morrison
Rita Kiely
E McSweeney
Mary Ring

3rd August
Michael O’Sullivan
John O’Connor
Con Delea
P Harrington
Lena O’Brien
Eileen Cotter

27th July
Mary Hoare
Michael Foley
Bill Corcoran

3rd August
Mary Hoare
Michael Foley
Bill Corcoran

26th July
Breda Healy
Benny Mc Guckian
Kathleen Foley

27th July
Antoinette Long
Mary O’ Sullivan
Martina Nodwell

2nd August
Diarmuid O’Donovan
Linda Cullen
Sheila O’ Donovan

3rd August
Judy Kenny
Helen Gosnell
Audrey Drinan

26th July
Audrey Lettice

27th July
Siobhan Cotter

2nd August
Geraldine O’Brien

3rd August
Eileen Jones

27th July
Bill Corcoran

3rd August
Bill Corcoran

26th July
Mary Martin

27th July
Veronica Byrne

2nd August
Linda Cullen

3rd August
Ann Forde

Jesus’ own perception of life differed sharply from so many people’s. He was constantly challenging people to see and see again in order to understand anew. To that purpose his stories turned much of popular wisdom on its head, and this was done in the hope that his listeners might catch something of another way of living in God’s world. In effect Jesus had what Solomon prayed for – a heart to discern the ways of the people and the ways of God. But more than this, Jesus had the determination to close the gap between the two ways.
We know that Jesus had to give up everything he valued – his family, his home, his security – to do his Father’s will and preach the kingdom of God. For Jesus there was no treasure greater than his Father’s will: when he uncovered what it was, he renounced everything to make it his own. His own family and neighbours thought his ways either puzzling or foolish; and when he gave up his own life, even his disciples could not understand this ultimate folly. But there was a purpose in it: even in death Jesus kept hold of his treasure.
None of us can gain anything of value without renouncing something. Perhaps what we have to renounce first is our perception of what real treasure in this life really is. Few of us will chance on the crock of gold at the end of the rainbow, or win a lottery, or stumble on an oil-field in the backyard. But we have all stumbled on treasure. The real treasure of life is under our noses – in the people we share life with, in the opportunities we face every day to exercise the values of Jesus. None of this might appear a glittering prize, but it is in the heart of the ordinary that we discover the presence of Jesus. He is the authentic article. He is hidden in the common-place, hoping that we’ll stumble on that truth before long.

Solomon Nkqayi
Mary Boamah Nkqayi
Martha Boamah Nkqayi
Sharon Boamah Nkqayi.

Sean Cullinane

to Margarite O’ Sullivan and Michael
Corbett who got married in Oliver’s
Church on Sat 19th July 2014.

Last weeks’ Offertory Collection from the three
churches of the parish came to €2,130.
Sincere thanks for your generous support.

Last weeks’ Restoration Collection from the three
churches of the parish came to €1,821.
Sincere thanks for your generous support.

Weekend Mass Times for the Three Churches of the Parish
Church of the Annunciation Blackpool
Saturday night Vigil 6pm
Sunday 12 noon.

St Oliver’s Ballyvolane.
Saturday night Vigil 6pm
Sunday 11am

St Brendan’s The Glen
Sunday 10am.

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